Upon Further Review - Week 4 - October 1st 2018

By: Nabeela Damji

Monday, October 1, 2018

VIKINGS @ RAMS

Every now and again, you get a good Thursday Night Football game.

This was one of those games.

Will the real Cooper Kupp please stand up? (sorry, been listening to Eminem all weekend)

Kupp had two Td’s in the Rams 38-31 win over the Vikings, while Jared Goff finished 26 of 33 for a staggering career-high 465 yards. Goff hit Kupp for two of his four TD throws during a first half that saw him amass 251 yards for the Rams who won their third home game in 12 days.

Rams rookie defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers strip-sacked Kirk Cousins with just under two to play.  Cousins finished the fame passing for 422 yards and three TDs.

Todd Gurley finished with 83 yards rushing and 73 yards receiving, while Brandin Cooks had first-half TD catches in the win.

 

SAINTS @ GIANTS

FIELD GOALS. ALVIN KAMARA.

That’s really it folks.

Alvin Kamara ran for three touchdowns, and Will Lutz matched his career high of four field goals (all happened in one quarter) as the Saints took down the Giants 33-18 on Sunday afternoon.

This was the Saints third win in a row and the Giants third loss in four games under new coach Pat Shurmur.

What was most surprising was the Saints defiance.  Meaning, they actually showed up.  Welcome! It’s great to have you!

The defense allowed only four plays of 20 or more yards after giving up 37 points in OT last week against the rival Falcons.

Drew Brees finished 18 of 32 for 217 yards.  He came in needing 418 to break Peyton Manning’s NFL career mark. Eli Manning finished 31 of 41 for 255 yards in the loss.

 

BENGALS @ FALCONS

Andy Dalton’s 13-yard TD with seven seconds left in the game was enough to lift the Bengals over the Falcons 37-36 on Sunday. Giovani Bernard ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Dalton was 29 of 41 for 336 yards, three TDs and an interception.

The Falcons topped 30 points for the third straight week, while QB Matt Ryan has thrown 10 TD’s in four games after throwing 20 total in 2017.

Bengals Tyler Eifert had four catches for 38 yards before suffering a terrible lower leg injury in the third and was carted off the field.

 

BUCCANEERS @ BEARS

Fitzmagic is soooo week 3. It’s Trubisky time.

Mitchell Trubisky threw a career-high six touchdown passes as the Bears went all “The Revenant” on the Bucs and slaughtered them 48-10 in Chicago. Trubinksy had never thrown more than two TD’s in a game and completed the game going 19 of 26 for 354 yards.

The Bears won their third straight, and the defense ran Ryan Fitzpatrick off their field before Jameis Winston took over in the second half. Fitzpatrick was 9 of 18 for126 yards.  Winston was 16 of 20 for 145 yards, one TD and an interception.

Khalil Mack had a strip-sack in the first half against Fitzpatrick, which made him the first player with a sack and forced a fumble in four straight games since Robert Mathis for the Colts in 2005.

With the win, the Bears matched their longest win streak since going 3-0 in 2013.

 

LIONS @ COWBOYS

Dak Prescott’s 34 yarder to Ezekiel Elliott set up Brett Maher’s 38-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cowboys a 26-24 win over the struggling Lions.

Elliott has 152 yards rushing and 88 receiving topped off by a 38-yard TD in the second quarter. He also had a season-high 25 carries for 152 yards, while Prescott was 17 of 27 for 255 yards with two TD’s.

DeMarcus Lawrence matched his career high with three sacks after Stafford came into the game having been sacked just three times in the first three games.

On the other end, Matt Stafford was 24 of 30 for 307 yards and was handed his third straight loss at the home of the Cowboys. Golden Tate had eight catches for 132 yards in the loss.

 

BILLS @ PACKERS

Ah, the Bills.  Back to losing.

Aaron Rodgers and his knee brace handed the Bills a giant L with a 22-0 win in Green Bay on Sunday. Rodgers went 22 of 40 for 298 yards and one TD but threw an interception off a deflected pass and fumbled the ball away on a sack early in the fourth.

Not great, but honestly not as bad as Buffalo.  

Josh Allen had three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble in the fourth.  He was 16 of 33 for 151 yards.

Rodgers gave newly acquired tight end Jimmy Graham his first Lambeau Leap of the year with their first official TD of the year.  Their previous TD earlier this season was wiped out by a flag.  Sorry, Jimmy.  Graham finished with 21 yards on three catches. Aaron Jones added 65 yards and a TD on 11 catches in the win for the Packers.

Green Bay posted its first shutout since 2010 when they beat the Jets 9-0.  

 

TEXANS @ COLTS

Bonus Football!!

After missing a 59-yard field goal to win the game at the end of regulation, Ka’imi Fairbairn (that took me 11 minutes to type out correctly) got another chance.

And missed again.

So, he got another chance.

Fairbairn’s decisive kick was enough to end the leagues longest losing streak, as the Texans finally got a win, beating the Colts 37-34 in Indianapolis.

On the other end, Adam Vinatieri became the NFL’s new career field goal leader, but his party was ruined after Andrew Luck bounced a short pass to Chester Rogers, DeShaun Watson got the ball back with 24 seconds left and found DeAndre Hopkins for a 24-yard completion to get Fairbairn into position.

In the win, Watson finished 29 of 42 for 375 yards, two TD’s and an interception, while running six times for 41 yards and another TD. He hit up Hopkins 10 times for 169 yards and a score and Keke (do you love me) Coutee 11 times for 109 yards.

Houston sacked Luck four times, who was 40 of 62 for a career-high 464 yards and four TDs.

Back to records. Vinateri also tied Gary Anderson for the second-most field goal attempts in league history with 672. Luck broke the Colts single-game franchise record for attempts and tied the franchise mark for completions.  For the Texans, Coutee broke Andre Johnson’s franchise record for most receptions in an NFL debut with six.

 

JETS @ JAGUARS

Blake Bortles threw two TD passes in a lopsided 31-12 win over the Jets Sunday.  Bortles ended up with a career-high 388 yards passing, topping 375 yards for the second time in three games.

He found TJ Yeldon for a 31-yard TD in the second quarter and then a deep pass to Donte Moncrief down the sideline.  The Jags had three turnovers that led to nine points for the Jets in the second half. Leonard Fournette ran 11 times for 30 yards before leaving the game for good.  He missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

Sam Darnold continued to struggle, getting sacked three times and almost throwing three interceptions. He was 17 of 34 for 167 yards.  Bortles completed 29 of 38 passes with an interception.

Jets Leonard Williams and Jags Yannick Ngakoue recorded their first sacks of the season.

 

DOLPHINS @ PATRIOTS

The Dolphins undefeated streak is over. Thanks to some guy named Tom Brady.  Heard he’s good. Can anyone confirm?

Brady threw for 274 yards and three TD’s in the Pats 38-7 dominant win over the Dolphins. Brady improved to 15-1 as a starter against Miami, while the Dolphins were denied their first 4-0 start since 1995.  

Running back James White finished with a rushing a receiving TD, while rookie running back Sony Michel also rushed for 25 times for 112 yards and his first career TD.

For the Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill was 11 of 20 for 100 yards and an interception and was pulled in the fourth.  Brock Osweiler took over and connected with Frank Gore for a 6-yard TD.

 

EAGLES @ TITANS

Bonus football again!!

Marcus Mariota’s 10-yard TD to Corey Davis with 5 seconds left in OT was enough to give the Titans a 26-23 win over the Eagles for their best start since 2013. The Titans were down by 14 in the third before rallying for the lead and were then down 23-20 in OT before coming back again. Mariota had his sixth game-winning drive since the start of the 2017 season and had been tied with Case Keenum coming into Sunday with five in that span.  He now has 11 such drives in his career for the Titans.

Philadelphia outgained Tennessee 432-397 with Wentz throwing for 348 yards. Alshon Jeffrey finished with 105 yards receiving and a score, and Zach Ertz had 10 catches for 112 yards.

 

SEAHAWKS @ CARDINALS

Could the Cardinals FINALLY get their first win of the season?

Nah.

Sebastian Janikowski’s 52-yard field goal was enough to give the Seahawks a 20-17 win over the still winless Cardinals on Sunday.

That drive came after Cards kicker Phil Dawson missed a 45-yard field goal that would have given Arizona the lead with less than two minutes left.

The Cardinals are now 0-4 for the first time since 1996.

Josh Rosen completed 15 of 27 passes for 180 yards and a TD in the loss.

After replacing starter Chris Carson, Seahawks Mike Davis rushed for 101 yards and a pair of TD’s in the win, helping the Seahawks improve to 5-0-1 in Arizona.

 

BROWNS @ RAIDERS

Could the Browns carry the momentum of their historic win from last week to a tilt against the winless Raiders?

No. No, they couldn’t.

Also, what the hell happened in this game man? After a game that featured three lead changes and 38 points AFTER the start of the fourth quarter, Jon Gruden got his first win in 3,591 days, as the Raiders beat the Browns 45-42 on Sunday.

Derek Carr threw four TD passes and a game-tying 2-point conversion with 30 seconds left to set up Matt McCrane’s 29 field goal to grab the win. Carr threw for 437 yards, Marshawn Lynch ran for 130 yards and Amari Cooper (128 yards), and Jared Cook (110 yards) each topped the 100-yard mark.

The Browns, on the other hand, blew a 14-point lead in the second half to spoil poor Baker Mayfield’s NFL starting debut.  Mayfield threw for 295 yards and two TD’s, but also committed four turnovers.

 

49ERS @ CHARGERS

What happens when your starting QB is out for the season with an injury?

You lose, that’s what.

A two TD deficit wasn’t going to stop the Chargers from stealing a win from the 49ers on Sunday.

Melvin Gordon rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries paired with his seven receptions for 55 yards and a TD in the Chargers 29-27 win over the Niners. This was the sixth 100-yard rushing game of Gordon’s career.

Philip Rivers threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, and Gordon and Austin Ekelter averaged 5.6 yards per carry against a Niners defense that was 10th against the run and allowing only 97 yards per game.

The Chargers trailed 17-6 before the half but scored 20 straight points, and Caleb Sturgis had three field goals that gave the Chargers the lead.

C.J Beathard(that’s an unfortunate last name) started over the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, and was 23 of 37 for 298 yards, two TDs and two interceptions.

 

RAVENS @ STEELERS

Under the bright lights of Sunday Night, the Steelers still sucked.

Joe Flacco threw for 363 yards and a pair of TD’s as the Ravens handed their AFC North rivals a giant L with a 26-14 win in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers managed just 47 yards in the second half, converted 2 of 12 third downs and didn’t even manage to take a snap in Ravens territory in the entire second half. 

Yikes.

 

Pittsburgh came into this game having won nine straight Sunday Night games, but that all came to an abrupt end.  Ben Roethlisberger finished 27 of 47 for 274 yards, a TD and an interception. AB caught five passes for 62 yards and a score.